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Velominatus: Two Ball Billy

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It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Sep Vanmarcke 3. Tom Boonen 4. Taylor Phinney 5. Alexander Kristoff »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Sep Vanmarcke 3. Tom Boonen 4. Greg Van Avermaet 5. John Degenkolb »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Sep Vanmarcke 3. Tom Boonen 4. Taylor Phinney 5. John Degenkolb »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Peter Sagan 3. Tom Boonen 4. NIKI TERPSTRA 5. Greg Van Avermaet »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Anna van der Breggen 2. . ELISA LONGO BORGHINI 3. Emma Johansson 4. Annemiek Van Vleuten 5. Kirsten Wild »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

@Two Ball Billy's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Tom Boonen 2. Peter Sagan 3. Alexander Kristoff 4. John Degenkolb 5. Arnaud Démare »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Tom Boonen 2. Peter Sagan 3. Fabian Cancellara 4. Tyler Farrar 5. Arnaud Démare »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Tom Boonen 2. Peter Sagan 3. Edvald Boasson Hagen 4. Tyler Farrar 5. Arnaud Démare »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

@Two Ball Billy's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. LONGO BORGHINI Elisa 2. JOHANSSON Emma 3. VAN DIJK Ellen 4. VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek 5. CORDON Audrey »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

@Two Ball Billy's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Tom Boonen 3. Edvald Boasson Hagen 4. Greg Van Avermaet 5. Fabian Cancellara »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

@Two Ball Billy's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Mark Cavendish: 2. Peter Sagan 3. John Degenkolb 4. Fabian Cancellara 5. Andre Greipel »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Mark Cavendish: 2. Peter Sagan 3. John Degenkolb 4. Fabian Cancellara 5. Simon Gerrans »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Filippo Pozzato 3. John Degenkolb 4. Make Cavendish 5. Simon Gerrans »

  4. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. John Degenkolb 4. Make Cavendish 5. Sylvian Chavenel »

  5. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Peter Sagan 3. John Degenkolb 4. Make Cavendish 5. Sylvian Chavenel »

  6. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Peter Sagan 3. Taylor Phinney 4. Philippe Gilbert 5. Sylvian Chavenel »

  7. VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Peter Sagan 3. Taylor Phinney 4. Philippe Gilbert 5. Simon Gerrans »

I walk away from social gatherings with an acute sense of accomplishment whenever I haven’t offended anyone and when my friends all stayed awake. I view myself as a bottle of wine that keeps getting better with age, but I’m slowly coming to grips with the notion that I am actually a bottle that may be corked. The great irony of life is...

@Two Ball Billy's posts:

  1. Nice post Frank.  A journey to meet the “man with the hammer” should always be a solo effort. »

Seriously. Is it almost September? This was not the agreement, this was supposed to be an endless summer. And all you A-Holes down there in the Antipodes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, enjoying longer days and shorter nights. I don’t need to tell you where you can take that, but it’s dark and it smells. I have no patien...

@Two Ball Billy's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Sammy Sanchez 2. Nibali 3. J. Rodriguez 4. Uran 5. Horner »

Once again the metal grate is rolling up in front of the VSP lotto window. It’s bettin’ time. The Route de France is an eight day women’s stage race consisting of a prologue and seven road stages. The route stays away from any serious mountains so daily victories could go to sprinters or those willing to drive a breakaway. To make...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Emma Johansson 2. Evelyn Stevens 3. Lizzie Armitstead 4. Emily Collins 5. Giorgia Bronzini »

Since it appears that the descents are where the action is in this year’s Tour de France, we thought we’d forgo our usual Mountain-Top Finish for the Stage VSP and instead go for what I’m guessing might be a real cracker of a stage into Le Grand Bornand. In 2009, the Schleck Tandem hadn’t yet discovered their collective dra...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Alberto Contador 2. Christopher Froome 3. Dan Martin 4. Nairo Quintana 5. Ryder Hesjedal »

The early eighties saw the tide change in the European Peloton. Components were taking on a new, curvy shape as they left their boxy forms behind. The glint of toe clips in the sun would become a rarer sight as the move towards clipless pedals would take hold in 1985. English speakers were winning the big races classically won by continental Pros.T...

@Two Ball Billy's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Alberto Contador 2. Christopher Froome 3. Cadel Evans 4. Nairo Quintana 5. Tejay Van Garderen »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Alberto Contador 2. Christopher Froome 3. Christopher Froome 4. Nairo Quintana 5. Ryder Hesjedal »

  3. VSP PICKS: 1. Alberto Contador 2. Tejay Van Garderen 3. Christopher Froome 4. Nairo Quintana 5. Ryder Hesjedal »

This is the women’s Giro and it just happens to take place in early July, bad timing or good timing, at least the Italians step up and do a mini-Grand Tour. Here is the start list. Unfortunately we cannot be giving away more bikes and wheels for this race, but bragging rights and points are useful. Do I have any insightful things to say about...

@Two Ball Billy's posts:

  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Elisa Longo Borghini 3. Emma Johansson 4. Evelyn Stevens 5. Tiffany Cromwell »